I Like To: Final Round 3 ROW80 Update, September 18, 2013

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 What is ROW80, you ask? Why, it’s Kait Nolan‘s baby, The Writing Challenge that Knows You Have a Life!

 How do you feel, at the end of something that challenged and delighted you?

This is the last update of the round. There will be a break, now, until the next round starts on October 7.

 It’s a breather, a time to assess, to move some of my long-term goals forward, and to set my intentions for the next round, the rest of the year, and beyond.

So, while I won’t be posting updates for a bit, I will be writing, and I will be focused on my goals.

Because I’m not just a writer for 80 days at a time, 4 times a year.

I am a writer, always.

There’ll also be a lessening of intensity, a restful lull where I indulge myself and those I love. Where I refill, refresh, and renew. Where I allow fantasies and reality to blend, and make room for the magical parts of writing to happen, and mostly keep my progress to myself.

I’ll have a little more time to pose for silly photos….

I also still have some dishes on my personal buffet, and so I will be free to sample as I choose…

  • During the break, I will be tidying up the buffet table, indulging, and considering Round 4 offerings. Bon appetit!

Accounting of my ROW80 Goals Progress:


Write two new Saturday’s Share posts each week, until I have a queue of 5 posts. On target.

  • Photo links for the next two posts have been selected.

Post Wordless Wednesday and WIPpet Wednesday posts. Target attained!

Build queue two posts ahead for each by end of round. Running late, but on target.

  • WIPpet Wednesday: Post scheduled for September 25.

Gather links for Sunday Sampler – 3 per category. Target attained!

  • Spent some time in my Pocket app, reading and collecting links.

Continue brainstorming post ideas, adding features over time. Pending.

  • Nothing new written down, but mental brainstorming gaining in intensity, as I add features.

Keep up with comments and sharing. Target attained!

  • Comments caught up at shanjeniah.

  • Both Wednesday posts shared at memes; more sharing pending.

More time to celebrate growth…

Editing: (With Cathy Yardley‘s Rock Your Revisions).

Bounded by a Nutshell: Complete first pre-editing readthrough/notes by January 1,2014. On target.

Print and reread WIP, making on-page rough notes. On target.

  • Printing: Page 734/734.  Yup, done!

  • Silent readthrough: Page 504/734.

  • Private read-aloud: Page 134/734.

 Share excerpts from this WIP as part of the WIPpet Wednesday meme. On target.

  • WIPpet Wednesday: Father and Child Reunion

  • Post Scheduled for 9/25.

  • Excerpt selected for 10/10 post.

  • Ongoing.

More time to be with friends…


To Be or Not to Be – Write at least 25,000 words in September.On target.

  • Current WIP total: 169,012/~200,000 words. Under 35,000 to go!

  • 1,160 new words.

  • September total-to-date: 6,058 words.

  • This WIP has been waiting as other things took precedence.

The Stars are Fire: Plan Scene #25; Konii’s POV; Adapt Scene #24 Outline – from 9/12). Target attained!

  • Scene #24 plan adaptation complete.

  • Scene #25 planned.

Perchance to Dream: Write Scene #17; Spock’s Plot Point #1 -from 9/12). Target attained!

  • 2,643 new words.

  • WIP total: 64,452/~100,000 words.

More time to play….and play at writing!

Business-y Stuff:

Maintain sponsor visits. Target attained!

Beta Reading: A More Complicated Fairy Tale – complete by end of round. Target attained!

  • Comments: Complete: page 190/190.

  • Emailed to author on Tuesday.

Write my next segment for “Write a Story with Me”. Target attained!

  • Written, scheduled, and submitted. I love this piece. =)

Begin beta-reading for Chameleon in a Mirror once file is received. On target.

  • Reading: Chapters 1-3; page 22/208. I’m hooked! =)

Update Long Term ROW80 Goals, and Noveling Action Plan, with goals for Round 4. On target.

  • I have drafted Long Term Update, Blogging and Writing Sections, with October goals added.

Read, comment, and share WANA blogs. On target.

  • I read several WANA blogs this week.

  • I will be sharing two WANA posts as part of my first Sunday Sampler of the fall season – date TBA.

  • Ongoing.

Visit and post to three WANA tribes. On target.

  • I posted to An Hour a Day.

  • Visited: 2/3. Posted: 2/3.

Visit a WANA chat area and engage weekly! Target attained!

  • I chatted briefly with another WANA on Sunday.

More time with this guy…shhh, he’s not as tough as he looks. =)

What do you do, when you have a break? What delights you, renews you, fulfills you? I’d really like to know!

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    • Shah,

      I love beards. I love blue. That blue beard? LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and that guy wearing it. It makes me happy that my shirt and his beard went so well together – an unplanned benefit!

      As for that video – Men at Work was a HUGE part of my life when I was 13-15 or so. Yet another passion I was introduced to by Eden =). I just recently bought Contraband for my Kindle, and there were so many memories there, I cried!

      So far, my break has been:

      reading 52 pages of Death in Yellowstone aloud to the kids, because Lise was looking at the baby books, and we got talking about Jim’s and my Yellowstone days, and, when I mentioned the book, she braved the office bookshelves -she’s a daring girl!- and found it. I read from about 4am to 10am!

      getting in an extra workout while the kids tried out the Y’s Prime Time program, where they messed around with basketball games and skills. Then Lise had a short swim while Miah, who is now, at 12, at last allowed to roam the Y freely, reveled in the new independence, going to the track by himself.

      completing one beta-reading, and finishing the first readthrough for another.

      starting several blogposts, and a shower that gave me ideas for at least 3 more!

      WIP writing

      Reading WIP for editing (I should be ready to start that when I finish the second beta reading…

      Today, I will be blogging, reading, hometending, and possibly mowing the front lawn…

      I guess I’m not much for taking breaks, although I do slow down….

      Enjoy the downtime. I hope Round 4 finds you in a peaceful, balanced place. You deserve nothing less! =D

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